Marie-France makes a point

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Normally, it would be safe to declare Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon Canadian champions at this point.

Traditionally, whoever wins the compulsory dance wins the title. Historically, the order stays the same for the rest of the competition.

But with the new points per element judging system ...

"With the new system we think it's not a given that we're going to finish first now," said Dubreuil of the two-time Canadian champions in the event.

"It's all about accumulating points now. It's really important to earn points in all the elements.

"I think we have an advantage as Canadians dealing with the new system at our nationals before going to the worlds.

"It gives us a chance to maximize the points. We have very good specialists in Canada who can help us with that."

Those Canadian specialists invented the system for the rest of the world. But two top figure-skating nations, Russia and the USA, used the old 6.0 system for their national championships. The new system will be used at the world championships for the first time this March in Moscow.

The Quebec skaters who train in Lyon, France, sit first with 40.96 points.

Vancouver's Megan Wing & Aaron Lowe sit second at 38.31 with Lasalle, Quebec's Chantal Lefebvre and her Russian-born and trained partner Arseniy Markov third at 37.02.

The original dance goes tomorrow and the free-skate final goes on Sunday.


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